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2005 Stories by Robert Wilonsky

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  • Goy Gevalt

    published October 13, 2005

    Director Curtis Hanson, a journeyman only recently bestowed the title of Great Director, has already made his horror movie (1973's The... More >>

  • Another Look at a Legend

    published October 6, 2005

    Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Universal Studios ) Alfred Hitchcock may be the best pop filmmaker in... More >>

  • Big Fun, Even Small

    published September 29, 2005

    Robots (Fox) The story of a small-town 'bot (voiced by Ewan McGregor) who bolts for the big city, Robots is the... More >>

  • Tom's Diner

    published September 29, 2005

    Anything can be anything to anybody, particularly in the case of David Cronenberg's A History of Violence. If you want to believe that his... More >>

  • Have Gun, Will (Space) Travel

    published September 29, 2005

    Serenity, Joss Whedon's big-screen spinoff of the 2002 TV show Firefly, which didn't even last a dozen episodes, is already a cult... More >>

  • Sinking Feeling

    published September 29, 2005

    Into the Blue offers precisely what one would expect from the director of Blue Crush and the writer of Torque: beautiful... More >>

  • New releases available this week

    published September 22, 2005

    Desperate Housewives: The Complete First Season (Buena Vista) ABC's juggernaut drama is made up mostly of elements that... More >>

  • New releases available this week

    published September 15, 2005

    Da Ali G Show: Da Compleet Second Seazon (HBO Home Video) Sacha Baron Cohen's inching closer to Tom Green territory;... More >>

  • Good Shot

    published September 15, 2005

    Andrew Niccol's first two films as writer-director, 1997's Gattaca and 2002's S1m0ne, were hollow, sterile sci-fi masquer ading as... More >>

  • Call the Cops

    published September 8, 2005

    The Man isn't so much a movie as a parody of one, the kind of thing people in movies about the movie business pitch as outrageous,... More >>

  • Go to Hell

    published September 8, 2005

    The Exorcism of Emily Rose, which is based on a true story the same way Harry Potter and Star Wars movies are, is the latest... More >>

  • Aw Nuts

    published September 1, 2005

    Ain't nothing in this world more tedious than highbrow erotica, which works itself into a lather and then wipes off the sweat before anyone... More >>

  • Black Forest

    published August 25, 2005

    Terry Gilliam's last film featured the former Monty Python troupe member as an eccentric, demanding, and difficult director prone to destroying... More >>

  • Working Blue and Brown

    published August 11, 2005

    Pity the daily-newspaper critic who must review The Aristocrats without using such phrases as "a longshoreman's arm up a little girl's... More >>

  • Swamp Thing

    published August 11, 2005

    The Skeleton Key ranks high on the list of 2005's funniest films, bested only by the first two-thirds of The Wedding Crashers, all... More >>

  • Steel Wheels

    published August 4, 2005

    "Hit me," says Mark Zupan -- begs, actually, like a kid clamoring for a new toy. "I'll hit you back." He means it too, and his ripped pecs, buzzed... More >>

  • White Trash

    published August 4, 2005

    And so, once more, the googolplex emits the stink of the network rerun, this week offering yet another worthless big-screen take on small-screen... More >>

  • Bad News

    published July 21, 2005

    Going to the theater this summer has been like stepping into a time machine where your fondest childhood memories are retooled by cynics and... More >>

  • Always a Bridesmaid

    published July 14, 2005

    Vince Vaughn probably has to check the bags under his eyes at the airport, and he's about as in-shape as a toddler's fistful of Play-Doh. This is... More >>

  • Gross Encounters

    published June 30, 2005

    Quite simply and quite literally, Steven Spielberg's adaptation of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds is Close Encounters of the Third Kind... More >>

  • Secret Machines

    published June 30, 2005

    With the Pink Zep comparisons a year behind them now, local ex-pats Secret Machines can get on with the business of revealing their true selves...... More >>

  • Car Trouble

    published June 23, 2005

    Anyone who would insist that movie reviewing is not a real job ('Sup, Mom) hasn't been forced to sit through screenings of Bewitched and Herbie:... More >>

  • Bat Cave-In

    published June 16, 2005

    DC Comics has kept its superheroes locked in a fortress of solitude for almost a decade, forcing the likes of Superman and Batman to warm the... More >>

  • The Wiz

    published June 16, 2005

    For all their exceptionality, there is also a numbing sameness to the movies of Hayao Miyazaki, the revered animator who has bewitched Japanese... More >>

  • Oasis

    published June 9, 2005

    Los Bros. Gallagher return after their Heathen Chemistry produced not a banging wallop but a fizzling so-what. Perhaps it was their master... More >>

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